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Today in history: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling turns 50

She's best known as the author of Harry Potter, which has achieved worldwide reknown, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

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Today in history: Ernest Hemingway is born

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961) was one of America's most popular authors.

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“American Relief Aid and the Spanish Civil War”: a unique perspective

Context is central to any historical narrative. This is certainly true regarding the Spanish Civil War.

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Today in history: Author William Styron is born

Styron was best known for his novels, including "Lie Down in Darkness," "The Confessions of Nat Turner," and "Sophie's Choice."

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Today in history for Poetry Month: Shakespeare on Robben Island

After he became president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela continued to read, to quote and to love William Shakespeare.

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Today in history: John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” is published

Millions who have never read the book have seen the film version starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford.

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"Dancer in the Revolution": Memoir of Stretch Johnson, Harlem communist

History is a curious thing, full of drama, intrigue, plot twists, misadventures. Howard "Stretch" Johnson's memoir is similarly curious.

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Book review: "Bohemians"

Bohemians would appear to be the book Paul Buhle has been waiting to introduce his entire lengthy career as a writer and editor. 

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“Redefining Realness”: Janet Mock’s compelling memoir about gender, race, identity

I sat down last weekend, intending to read for 30 minutes or so, and ended up devouring Redefining Realness cover-to-cover in five hours.

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"Reds At The Blackboard": More positive view of today's Communist teachers

More historians are beginning to paint a more objective, balanced, and positive picture of the role of the CPUSA in the U.S. labor movement.

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